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Sustainable Tourism at GRID-Arendal is working actively with global partners to develop knowledge networks.

Bali Clean & Green program, mangrove plantation, Bali. Photo: Lawrence Hislop

GRID-Arendal is an Advisory Member of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism (GPST). The Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism is a global initiative launched in 2011 to inject sustainability principles into the mainstream of tourism policies, development, and operations. It emerged as a more permanent successor to the International Task Force on Sustainable Tourism Development (ITF-STD). The Secretariat is hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme, Division of Technology, Industry, and Economics (UNEP-DTIE).

The DestiNet is a multi-stakeholder sustainable tourism platform designed to support administrations, business and consultants/academics to establish their own research to market place tourism knowledge and innovation communities.
Click here to download our Tourism Innovation- from research to market place Flyer.

Click here to download the DestiNet Flyer as a pdf.

Tourism and Protected areas Specialist Group (TAPAS) envisions a future where tourism in protected areas has a positive impact on biodiversity, and where tourism is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.
• Provide strategic advice on sustainable tourism in protected areas
• Strengthen capacity and effectiveness of protected area managers, policy makers and others
• Develop an disseminate knowledge on tourism and protected areas
• Provide an interactive forum for people working on protected areas and tourism

GRID-Arendal is a new member of The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). GSTC is a global initiative dedicated to promoting sustainable tourism practices around the world. Representing a diverse and global membership – including UN agencies, leading travel companies, hotels, country tourism boards and tour operators - the GSTC serves as the international body for promoting the increased knowledge, understanding and adoption of sustainable tourism practices.

Links to global partners and international knowledge networks:

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism - GPST:
GRID-Arendal @ GPST:

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council - GSTC:

GRID-Arendal @ DestiNet:

Tourism and Protected areas Specialist Group - TAPAS: